Luthier School

About Luthier School

Class 1 – Intro to Guitar Maintenance

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $120 per session ($125 Paypal)

The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the art of guitar repair and maintenance. The basic mechanics of the guitar is covered in this 2 hour class with a hands-on and observation format.




Class 2a – Basic Guitar Setups

Duration: 2 sessions , 5 to 6 hours total
Cost: $120 per session ($125 PayPal)

This class introduces the student to the art of setting up a guitar to play at its highest potential. Topics will include: • truss rod adjustment • action adjustment • nut adjustment • minor fret levelling • cleaning and polishing • intonation

Advance Setup

Class 2b – Advanced Guitar Setups

Duration: 2 sessions , 5 to 6 hours total
Cost: $120 per session ($125 PayPal)

Class 2b is a follow up class to Class 2a. This class will put to practice the information covered in Class 2a. In addition, more insight will be given into basic fret leveling, nut work and intonation/ action adjustments. NOTE: THIS IS AN OPTIONAL CLASS for the student wanting to get more experience doing set-ups under guided supervision.

Fret Level

Class 3 – Fret Level, Crown, and Polishing

Duration: 6 hours total comprised of two 3 hour sessions and a third session of 1 + hour length
Cost: $120 per session ($125 PayPal)

The Fret Level, Crown, and Polishing class takes the student through the three parts of fret levelling. First, frets will be worked level and confirmed as such by both teacher and student. This is followed with meticulous filing of the top of each fret to establish the ‘ crown ‘or center of the fret which is very important for intonation and general playability. Finally, the frets will go through a polishing process to ensure a playing surface free of any machining abrasions. Also, a set of fret leveling tools will be made for the student to keep.

Nut Class

Class 4 – Guitar Nut and Saddle Making

Duration: Nut Making and Saddle making, one 3 hour session for each. An additional 3 hr session is available for extra practice
Cost: $125 per class ($130 PayPal)
Fret Crown

Class 5 – Guitar Refretting

Duration: three session, 3 hrs each with a possible 4th session for set-neck instruments, fingerboards w/ binding , etc.
Cost: $120 per session ($125 PayPal)

Class 6 – Guitar Wiring/ Electronics

Duration: Format A – 3 hours , Format B – 4 ~ 6 hours
Cost: A – $ 175 ($185 PayPal) Format B – $120 per session ($125 PayPal) plus components
Master Class

Class 7 – Guitar Building Intro

Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 Hours/session ( 3 to 6 sessions total )
Cost: $125 per session ($130 PayPal)

This is a class that begins the Guitar Building part of the program. It will be taught by Ari Lehtela.


Master Class

Master Class

Duration: 3 Hours per session ( total number of sessions varies )
Cost: $125 per session ($130 PayPal)

This is the class where the student puts it all together – woodworking, measurements,  creativity plus the know how learned from the previous classes. The master class is the actual building of the previously approved student design.